The Flamborough and Filey Coast SPA protects the UK’s largest mainland breeding seabird colony
Over 250,000 birds nest along the Flamborough and Filey coast between March and September, including the only mainland colony of gannets in England and one of the largest population of kittiwakes in the UK. The cliffs are also home to the famous puffins and their cousins, the guillemots and razorbills.
The SPA provides protection to the cliffs which the birds depend on and extends 2km out to sea, affording protection for inshore waters which are important to the seabird’s breeding behaviours. This internationally-recognised designation forms part of the Flamborough Head European Marine Site (EMS) and is underpinned by the Flamborough Head Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).Find out more about SSSIs